Jan 11

Former Spanish Foreign Minister Discusses Challenges of 21st Century Diplomacy at Emirates Diplomatic Academy

Jan 11, 2018

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, today hosted His Excellency Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, for a talk on 21st century diplomacy and Europe’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Moratinos addressed EDA students on the changing role of the diplomat in a world of social media and instant media reporting. A veteran who entered the diplomatic service in 1977 and served in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, he emphasised the importance of creative, flexible and democratic diplomacy.

Mr Moratinos said: “Today, with the speed of modern media reporting, there is more emphasis on the diplomat’s ability to analyse the latest developments and promote the interests of their country. The diplomat forms a vital link between homeland and host country, and plays an essential part in building relationships with governments, sourcing knowledge about foreign institutions, and smoothing the path for businesses in foreign markets.”

His Excellency Moratinos added: “I am pleased to see such a highly skilled group of young diplomats at the EDA and I look forward to what I believe will be a successful career for them. EDA is the leading diplomatic training centre in the Middle East, and I am honoured to contribute to the education of its students.”

His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, thanked him for his expertise and insights into the modern world of diplomacy. He said: “As a highly regarded diplomat, this talk was extremely relevant to EDA, where we are preparing outstanding UAE diplomats and government leaders. We want to ensure that every EDA graduate is equipped with the essential knowledge, skills and character to further the interests of the UAE in a landscape where traditional diplomatic concepts are being replaced with contemporary approaches.”

During his tenure as Minister, Moratinos held the presidency of the UN Security Council as well as the chairmanships-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. More recently, he was a member of the High-Level Advisory Council of the President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.